Toronto Travel Tips

Toronto Travel Tips



One of​ my favorite vacation spots is​ Toronto,​ Canada. Coming from the​ city of​ Detroit,​ it​ is​ only about three and half hours away. it​ is​ a​ straight shot up the​ 401 highway once your cross the​ border in​ Detroit.

Toronto has often been called the​ New York City of​ Canada. I think it​ lives up to​ this comparison. However,​ Toronto is​ much cleaner and safer than New York City. I have been amazed at​ how clean the​ city is​ for such a​ large population. I have also never felt in​ danger even when walking around past midnight.

As far as​ things to​ see and do,​ you​ will never run out. I have probably made about twenty five trips to​ Toronto in​ my life and I have never been bored. There is​ always old favorites along with new things popping up all the​ time.

Below is​ my list of​ the​ top ten things you​ should see and do in​ Toronto. These are things that you​ should not miss on​ your visit.

1. Take a​ walk down Bloor Street. This is​ the​ Park Avenue of​ Toronto. you​ will find all of​ the​ fancy shops on​ this street. Including Gucci,​ Prada,​ and the​ amazing Holt-Renfrew department store. if​ you​ can afford $500 for a​ pair of​ jeans,​ this is​ the​ place for you. Beyond the​ expensive stores,​ it​ is​ a​ nice walk and great people watching. And as​ always,​ window shopping is​ free.

2. Visit the​ quirky shops of​ Queen Street. This street is​ synonymous with the​ term "Funky". you​ will find hip clothing stores,​ independent record shops,​ and other off the​ wall type establishments. Favorite bar to​ visit on​ this street is​ the​ legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Every great Canadian music act has played there.

3. Stroll through Chinatown. Looking for dim sum? Exotic Chinese herbs? Rare teas? Toronto's Chinatown is​ the​ place for you. Chinese restaurants shy away from the​ traditional "North American Chinese" menu. Instead,​ they serve up variety of​ authentic dishes that feed the​ over 400,​000 people of​ Chinese background in​ Toronto.

4. Shop at​ the​ Eaton Center. I am not one for shopping malls. However,​ I do love the​ Eaton Center. the​ mall itself is​ a​ six storey glass ceiling structure modeled after Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. it​ has over 285 stores with a​ great food court on​ the​ lower level. Make sure to​ visit New York fries and order the​ Poutine. a​ blend of​ french fries,​ cheese curds and gravy.

5. Take a​ trip on​ the​ subway. the​ Toronto subway is​ clean,​ safe,​ and easy to​ navigate. There are two main lines,​ the​ Younge-University-Spadina and the​ Bloor-Danforth. From the​ subway,​ you​ can get to​ all of​ the​ main tourist hotspots.

6. Visit the​ top of​ the​ CN Tower. the​ world's tallest building at​ 553m (1815 ft). the​ view is​ amazing. at​ the​ top of​ the​ tower is​ the​ 360 restaurant. This is​ a​ world class restaurant. the​ floor does a​ complete rotation every 72 minutes. When dining,​ you​ will get to​ view the​ city below from each direction.

7. What would a​ visit to​ the​ great white north be without a​ bit of​ hockey? Toronto is​ home to​ the​ Hockey Hall of​ Fame. Hockey has a​ special place in​ the​ national conscious of​ the​ Canadians. Make sure to​ visit the​ Wayne Gretzky area.

8. Gourmets will love St. Lawrence Market. Considered in​ the​ top twenty five markets in​ the​ world,​ it​ has over 50 specialty vendors. Great vegetables,​ fruits,​ meat,​ cheese,​ and seafood abound. on​ the​ lower level,​ visit the​ St. Lawrence Market Juice Bar. They specialize in​ freshly squeezed juices of​ all kinds and related products.

9. Visit the​ eclectic Kensington Market area. Dating back to​ the​ original settlement of​ Toronto in​ 1790s by the​ British,​ you​ will now find a​ diverse area of​ shopping representing the​ cultures of​ Portuguese,​ East Indian,​ Ethiopian and Caribbean.

10. Eat in​ Little Italy. For my money,​ the​ restaurants in​ Little Italy represent are the​ best restaurants in​ all of​ Toronto. Beyond restaurants,​ you​ will find exciting night life in​ this area. This includes wonderful Italian coffee shops,​ gelato,​ music bars,​ and even Latin dancing.

I hope these tips will help you​ enjoy your visit to​ Toronto.




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